THERE ARE PREACHERS, especially within the Prosperity Gospel movement, who claim that poverty is a curse. When they say poverty is as a curse it is often mentioned in conjunction with the Tithe Doctrine.
The Tithe Doctrine is a false doctrine that says Christians must pay God 10 percent of their income. According to some preachers the curse of poverty is the consequence for not paying tithes. While on the other hand there are some preachers who claim that you must tithe in order to get out of poverty. However, when we rightly divide the scripture we find that poverty is not a curse for Christians.
Major Point 1: Poverty is a curse as it relates to the Law of Moses (or Mosaic Law).
- The Law of Moses is the covenant between God and ancient Israel.
- Lord dispensed blessings and curses based upon ancient Israel’s observance of the Law of Moses (Deut. 28).
- Poverty is one of the curses associated with breaking the Law of Moses.
They will lend to you but you will not lend to them; they will become the head and you will become the tail!
Theywill devour the offspring of your livestock and the produce of your soil until you are destroyed. They will not leave you with any grain, new wine, olive oil, calves of your herds,or lambs of your flocksuntil they have destroyed you.
Major Point 2: Christians are not under a curse of poverty.
- Christians are redeemed from the Law through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
- Jesus became a curse.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becominga curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).
Poverty is only a curse as it relates to the Law of Moses. There were many curses associated with disobeying the Law of Moses, and poverty was one of those curses. However, the curse of poverty was only placed upon ancient Israel if they disobeyed the Law of Moses.
Christians are not under the Law of Moses. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ freed you from the curse of the Law, which includes the curse of poverty. In fact, in his death Jesus became a curse. Therefore, Christians who live in poverty or who are experiencing material lack are not under a poverty curse.